The association between Guns N Roses and Blind Melon is well-known throughout the melon community. Shannon Hoon and Axl Rose are both originally from Lafayette, Indiana.
Axl and Shannon did not attend the same high school, and they were not in the same grade. Axl was a few years older than Shannon. Axl attended Jefferson High School and Shannon attended McCutcheon High School.
Guns and Roses had already hit their success by the time Shannon had moved to Los Angeles. Axl invited him to the studio (during the Use Your Illusion recording sessions), and they were all very impressed by Shannon's singing. He sang on these songs:
Dont Cry Dont Cry Alternate Live and Let Die You Aint the First November Rain The Garden
Shannon also appears in the video for "Don't Cry":
This is video footage of Shannon singing "You Ain't the First" with Guns n Roses at the Ritz in New York City (1991).
That is Shannon's association with Guns n Roses. But their history as a band is well-documented. I will post the wikipedia link as a place to start, and hopefully I will find some more links:
patzeller: ive seen the band in MN in 2015, Denver (home) in 2016 and last night in Chicago. Despite Brad missing, the bands chemisty was the best I’ve ever seen. Awesome awesome show. Guess I’ll be heading to Edmonton in June!
May 9, 2018 18:47:40 GMT -5
melonwheels: Picture of BLiND MeLon on MSN ...under "one hit wonders"...... hit or no hit..... the people in this band have done miracles for me and they dont even know it. The music from them can do magic....Thank you to all the guys in the MeLon band.
Jun 8, 2018 6:50:16 GMT -5
galaxieman: Hi guys! I'm new!
Aug 13, 2018 17:46:38 GMT -5
jaakko: Hi there! I´m new here! Straight to the question... Is there any possibilities that Blin Melon would tour somewhere in europe someday? I need to see and hear my all time favourite band live before I die. Do I need to fly to U.S.A?
Aug 22, 2018 13:25:11 GMT -5
Matt: They hope to get over there soon!
Aug 29, 2018 9:26:29 GMT -5
michaelt: Hi! I'm looking for someone here who is an expert in Blind Melon autographs. Would need some help, thanks
Sept 13, 2018 13:31:36 GMT -5
crobar: Anyone know who played the harmonica lead in the song "change" at woodstock '94?
Jun 4, 2019 16:53:44 GMT -5
crobar: If you watch the video on youtube for "Change" at woodstock '94, a dude is welcomed out on stage to play the lead harp. Shannon thanks him but you can't hear the name. The guy killed it and I'd like to know who he is/was. Any help is appreciated.
Jun 4, 2019 18:33:52 GMT -5